Last week was a busy one, with screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus our AGM on Thursday. Kedi attracted an audience of cat lovers and people who had visited Istanbul, and obviously enjoyed the sold-out screening. I’m not in either group, but still found it a very pleasing viewing experience. If you missed it, there are two further chances to see it again on Saturday 14 October at 14.30, or in our Babes in Arms screening on Tuesday 10 October at 11.00. Our Dunkirk screenings on Wednesday were both sold out, but there are other opportunities to see this film, which has been a great critical and commercial success, on Wednesday 4 October at 14.30 (subtitled for those with hearing loss) and Wednesday 18 October at 19.30. Read more about our AGM etc.
Annual General Meeting 2017
Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm
All supporters are invited to the third AGM to be held on Thursday 21 September at 7.30pm in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower (opposite the entrance to the David Lean Cinema).
At the meeting, in addition to reports on our work and our finances, there will be an opportunity for members of the audience to air views and ask questions about the work of the cinema. We particularly want to hear from you about how we might plan our future activities.
There will also be elections to the Committee. We are looking for committed people and if you are interested in joining, please get in touch with John Ingman our Secretary to see what is involved (phone 020 8681 2355 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). You can nominate yourself but you need someone to second you. Send nominations to John Ingman by 14 September.
After the AGM which is expected to last around 45 minutes, a documentary film The Fairfield Connection about the Fairfield Halls and its archive will be shown in the David Lean Cinema.
1. Welcome and Introductions – Adrian Winchester – Chair
2. Report on the work of the Campaign in the year ending 31 March 2017 by the Chair
3. Report on the Accounts for 2016/17 by Margaret Siudek – Treasurer – extracts to be circulated at meeting.
4. Appointments to the Committee – John Ingman, Secretary, to propose that the following be elected:-
To be elected for two years
Philip Howard (Chair)
John Ingman (Secretary)
Margaret Siudek (Treasurer)
To be elected for one year
5. Listening to our audience – a Question and Answer session
6. Short break for refreshments
7. Showing of ‘The Fairfield Connection’ in the David Lean Cinema
We’d like to welcome you to our AGM to be held in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower on Thursday 21 September at 19:30. The meeting will be followed by a screening in the cinema of a new 28 minute documentary about the Fairfield Halls entitled The Fairfield Collection. Refreshments will be available. Do join us if you can – your comments and views are always important to us and this is an ideal opportunity for you to let us know what you think.
Looking back to last week, My Cousin Rachel was enjoyed by the Babes in Arms audience on Tuesday morning. Sophia Coppola’s re-make of US Civil War drama The Beguiled mostly compared favourably with Don Siegel’s 1971 version which starred Clint Eastwood. “Great” and “very enjoyable” were just a couple of the comments from younger film-goers, but others perhaps preferred the original…
The delightful Kedi (Cats) on Tuesday is fully booked, but we’re pleased to say there’s another showing on Saturday 14 October at 14:30. Meanwhile, it’s our next Babes in Arms screening on 10 October at the usual time of 11:00. Read more…….
We are now in the second week of our closure period, but there is plenty to look forward to on our return to business.
We have a full programme of films coming up, which is outlined in our chief programmer Philip Howard’s review which you can read here. Among these are two films showing as part of the Croydon Summer of Love season, The Trip and The Graduate. Details of these below, as well as an extra screening of the very popular Dunkirk on October 4th. Read More.
We are having our third AGM on September 21st. All are invited, and more details can be found below. Read More………….
The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, has made showcasing the borough’s cultural scene one of his priorities, and we very much appreciated his participation in our September screening to celebrate the David Lean once again having a full 68 seats. We will be donating the profits from the 1430 showing of A Street Cat Named Bob on 15 December to the Mayor’s chosen local charities: The Stanley People’s Initiative; Croydon Commitment and The British Home. Read More……………
At the Campaign’s AGM in September, supporters raised a number of points. Here are our answers to them. Continue reading “Points from the AGM 2016”
Annual General Meeting 2016
We are having our second AGM on Thursday 8 September at 7.30pm in the Braithwaite Hall in the Clocktower and everyone is invited. The focus this year is on ‘Listening To Our Audience’, and once the formal business of the evening is completed, we look forward to answering questions and hearing your views. We want to know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you’d like us to do. Please come and air your views. We are hoping that the Arts Bar will be open for refreshments so arrive early for a convivial chat with other like minded individuals! The 1972 documentary “Hollywood: The Dream Factory” will be shown directly after the meeting following a short break for refreshments available from the Arts Bar. The film will be screened from a 16mm print lovingly treated by Adrian Winchester with a cleaner/lubricant to reduce scratches. We have also taken steps to offset the effects of the poor acoustics of the Braithwaite Hall to maximise your enjoyment.
Hollywood: The Dream Factory (U), 1972
MGM Studios, which was formed from the result of a merger between Metro Pictures (owned by the Loews Company) and the Goldwyn Company, was the premier Hollywood movie studio from the mid 1920’s to the end of the 1950’s, at which time a court ruling dissolved the close association between movie studios and movie theaters leading to the end of the studio system that controlled what happened in Hollywood, and when television became a rival form of accessible entertainment. MGM was alleged to be the best of the studios at perpetuating the dream that anything was possible, both in front of the cameras and in the lives of Hollywood royalty, namely the movie stars. Within a generation, movies became the largest money making form of entertainment. The public went to see movies in droves even during the depression, wanted to learn about and be close to the personal lives of the Hollywood rich and famous, and aspired to be part of that Hollywood royalty.
Dick Cavett narrates the action as we take a look at countless movie clips and hear a few things about the people involved in the studios. Louis B. Mayer gets the majority of the attention as we hear about how he got his job and eventually lost it. Film clips are countless but they include: BEN HUR, TARZAN THE APE MAN, GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, SAN FRANCISCO, BOYS TOWN, NATIONAL VELVET, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and ADAM’S RIB among others. This documentary gives us an idea of how big the studio was in its heyday and how many terrific stars were under contract there. See trailer below: